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W.G. Kirkpatrick

Record type: War Memorials

Parish: Braddan

Town / Village residence: Braddan

Biography: Lieutenant, 5th Gurkha Rifles. Reported missing, believed killed in action on 25th April 1943. Extract from the Mona's Herald, 25 May 1943, p. 5,
"Lieut. Wm George Kirkpatrick of the Gurka Rifles, has been reported from an Indian theatre of war as missing, believed killed in action on 25th April. Lieut Kirkpatrick, whose 21st birthday falls next month, was educated at Mostyn House, Parkgate, Chesire, and Wrekin College, Wellington, Shropshire, where at the age of 17 he obtained his O.T.C. certificate ‘A’. Leaving college with the highest recommendation, he tried then to join the Indian Army, but was not accepted on account of his youth, but as soon as he was old enough, he volunteered again and was accepted. In the meantime, he held a position in the Douglas branch of the Westminster Bank, where he was very popular with all those who came into contact with him. After a few months at Aldershot, he went to India where he completed his O.C.T.U. course. Passing out with a first-class certificate, he received his commission, and was given his choice of regiment. He chose the famous Royal Gurkha Rifles. Six months ago, he became a full Lieutenant. His younger brother, David, is at present at Wrekin College."

Gender: Male

External sources: Springfield

Name Variant: W.G. Kirkpatrick

Memorial: St Brendan's Church Memorial to Lieutenant William George Kirkpatrick (05 May 1943)


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